Paroxetine is an antidepressant in a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Paroxetine affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced. Paroxetine is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). The Brisdelle brand of paroxetine is used to treat hot flashes related to menopause. Brisdelle is not for treating any other conditions. Paroxetine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Paxil, a psychotropic drug of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) class, is a drug that is used in the treatment of patients with depression, social anxiety disorder, and panic disorder. It is also used to treat patients with obsessive-compulsive behavior, generalized anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Paxil may also be used to treat PMDD, premenstrual dysphoric disorder.